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City Summary – April 11: PSG match build-up, Laporte deal nearly done, Arteta to City?

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Time to catch up on today’s news – here’s your City Summary:

Here’s a pre-warning, if you’re fed up of hearing about the PSG game, look away now. As expected with the day before a Champions League quarter-final in which Manchester City are in the driving seat, the papers are full of PSG related news.

The first bit of news is that Marco Verratti, Javier Pastore and Kevin Trapp have all traveled with the PSG squad:

Verratti was videoed training alone ahead of the clash, leading to conversation that he might play a part in the game tomorrow:

However, it is expected that he won’t play a part in the game, as reported by Goal France:

Blanc remains quite intent on playing mind games though, and he’s definitely got it nailed down:

Injury news time, and Kompany, Toure, Silva and Aguero were all involved in training today, with Otamendi sitting the session out. However, it later emerged that Kompany won’t be back in time, whereas Otamendi has been declared fit:

Pellegrini promises that his side will attack from the off, insisting that if we play for a 0-0, then we will lose. That’s probably true.

Tickets today sold out, for the tie that City have mentioned is “unmissable”, you know, just the one or two times. Isn’t it amazing how a good result away from home can do better than City’s massively ramped up marketing plans? This news means that Manchester City will see their record for European attendance (set against Juventus) broken, with 53,000 people in attendance:

In non-PSG news, Manchester City have been given a 0.00% chance of winning the league, despite statistically actually being able to win it:

Oh, wait, we have a 0.04% chance. That’s right, we have as much chance of winning the league as Villa do moving up a place. We shall leave that one there; enjoy the title, Leicester:

Another day, another story about Seluk forcing a move for Yaya Toure. I know it’s tough to believe, sure I’m probably a liar, but today Di Marzio reported that Seluk has offered out his client’s services to other clubs, with Juventus being one of the names in the (probably extremely large) hat:

Late last night, news broke that Ilkay Gündogan is close to completing a move to Manchester, so it’s probably a good time to take a look at his stats in comparison to City’s current midfielders:

In other transfer news, it is believed that City have agreed a deal in principle to sign Aymeric Laporte in summer, however his arrival wouldn’t put an end to City’s pursuit of England international John Stones:

The Mirror also report that Pep Guardiola wants fellow Spaniard, Mikel Arteta, to follow in the footsteps of Patrick Vieira in making the switch from London to Manchester, in order to join the backroom staff:

And finally, youngster Enes Ünal – currently on loan at NAC Breda – managed grab the match ball tonight, which puts him on 7 goals in 8 games:

That’s our round-up of today’s news folks, however remember that round-the-clock coverage will continue throughout the night on @City_Watch – we’ll make sure we keep you up-to-date!

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